Nicole has actually done a thing that she had “planned.” She started yet another blog.
This is a massive feat. It took her all of ten minutes, I bet.
But here’s the deal. She is going to just publish these stories, from people who may remain anonymous, totally unvetted, of supposed mistreatment by Child Protective Services and the court system.
You do realize, don’t you, that just like people in prison, people whose children were taken by Child Protective Services are almost always innocent? At least, that’s what they claim. That’s why it was very nice to see a commenter on this blog who basically said, “My children were taken and it was the right thing for the state to do, even though it totally sucked for me.” Hardly anyone ever does that.
So soliciting unvetted “stories” is just asking for lovely fictional accounts to come flooding in.
And exactly what does Nicole think she will accomplish by this (except for the gleaning of people to support her with donations. . . )? I assure you that nobody in state government is interested in unvetted anonymous stories, especially when poorly written and that involve very long paragraphs and run-on sentences.
However, since Nicole refuses to vet them, I will step up to the plate.
Here’s the first.
This is from the entry called Two Kinds of Foster Parents. The writer claims to have been a Kentucky foster parent and says that there are two kinds: those who do it because of the money and those who just love little children. Guess which sort she was?
However, math is hard.
. . . in 2006 13% of all children in Kentucky were in foster care.
She continues by asserting that the state of Kentucky gets so damned much money from all these bazillion children in foster care that hell, we don’t need any state taxes. They just use federal money from foster care to keep the whole entire state running.
Here are the actual figures from 2006, ten years ago.
The population of children in Kentucky in 2006 was just under a million: 960,255.
The number of children in foster care was 6895. That six thousand, eight hundred ninety five.
What percent of 960,255 is 6895? Well, that’s algebra, and Nicole doesn’t do algebra. Neither do her brain-dead followers, it seems, and neither does the idiot who wrote that silly nonsense.
The correct percentage of children in foster care in Kentucky in 2006 was .718%.
That is point seven one eight, less than one percent. Not 13%.
I even tried very hard to give this doofus the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe she put a period between the 1 and the 3 and Nicole simply didn’t copy it correctly and the figure she meant to use was 1.3%, but even that is almost two times the real figure.
Thirteen percent of 960,255 is 124,833. Considering that there are only about 400,000 children in the whole entire United States in foster care in any given year (it fluctuates slightly), that would simply be astonishing.
The percentage of children in various states in foster care:
Oopsie. Did you get that?
Indiana had 14, 452 children in foster care on September 30, 2014. The population under age 18 in Indiana in 2014 was 1,582,360. Do the math. I know it’s hard, but try.
So, just from those few states that I randomly chose and looked up the stats, Kentucky falls in second place, not first place.
But let’s get as current as we can, why don’t we? Especially since we know of ten kids who live in Kentucky who are not in foster care.
According to the US Census Bureau, there were 1,013,346 children (under age 18) in Kentucky in 2015. There are 7894 of them in foster care. That’s 0.77%.
These figures fluctuate from year to year, as you can imagine, but not by a whole lot.
Be skeptical of what you read. Really skeptical. People are just so full of baloney a lot of the time. The state of Kentucky is not running the entire state based on federal money they get for the tiny number of children who are in foster care.
If the state of Kentucky was really so gung-ho ready to take children away from their parents at the drop of a white bucket full of shit, I know eleven they could grab tomorrow and there would be cheers heard across the land. The fact that they do not tells me that they really don’t want to do this if they can possibly keep from it. Rather than being overly eager to grab kids, they are, in my personal opinion, too lenient.